In all Science programmes students should become aware of the way in which scientists work and communicate with each other throughout the world. All experimental Science programmes aim to:
- provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within global contexts which will stimulate and challenge students;
- provide a body of knowledge and methods/techniques which characterise science and technology;
- enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge and methods/techniques which characterise science and technology;
- develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information;
- engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities;
- develop experimental and investigative scientific skills;
- raise awareness of the moral/ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology;
- develop an appreciation of possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists;
- encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.
All science classes take place in laboratory settings and are designed to take full advantage of the opportunities this provides.
Alongside the topics, students will also be expected to develop the skills associated with both the conceptual and experimental activity as related to the subject as well as an appreciation of the limitations of the subject, its societal impact and the responsibilities of practicing scientists in the discipline.
In Grade 9 and 10, students are assessed using MYP criteria that focus on knowledge and understanding of science, scientific inquiry and processing data. A wide range of assessment tasks are undertaken by students. These include:
- Designing investigations
- Collecting and analyzing data
- Observation journals / Informal observations
- Poster presentations
- Research essays
- Quizzes and Examinations
The following criteria are used to assess the students' work:
A. Knowing and understanding
B. Inquiring and designing
C. Processing and evaluating
D. Reflecting on the impacts of science
Students are encouraged to develop their independence as learners through self and peer assessment.
In Grade 9 students study science in classes taught by one teacher throughout the year. The topics taught are given below:
- Movement, forces and energy: Sports safety
- Chemical reactions and rates : Understanding and controlling chemical processes
- Systems in plants
- Classification, natural selection and evolution
Grade 9 science uses an experiential approach to provide students with opportunities to test out scientific principles through experimental work, simulations, inquiry and evaluating the impacts and application of science. Students begin the year by exploring the relationships between forces and motion and analyze data using balloon propelled cars, their own running sprint start and even by riding on roller coasters! In further units of study, students learn about plant systems and students inquire into how new technology like hydroponics can use the scientific principles that support plant life. Building on earlier concepts of energy in our chemistry unit, students consider the extent to which we can control and manipulate chemical reactions to make them useful. Finally students explore classification and evolution and complete a research task on natural and artificial selection.
In Grade 10 students study science in classes taught by one teacher throughout the year. The topics taught are given below:
- Sustainable carbon compounds
- Electricity and energy
- Body systems
- Moles and quantities
- Light and sound
Students investigate the central concepts of energy, systems and change thorough units on ecosystems, plastics, electricity, chemical quantities, body systems and energy. Students take a quantitative approach to investigation of various phenomena and develop increasingly independent investigations. These include modeling ecosystems, testing plastics and electrical components, synthesis of chemicals and studying human physiology through fitness. Study is supplemented by extended research that shows the impacts that science has and can have on our lives. In this way we aim to develop citizens who are aware of their relationship with the natural world. Throughout the year students will be tested to help develop study skills and to reflect on their knowledge and understanding. This will include a cumulative test to review the year’s work. Throughout the year students also get exposed to work that will support their science subject choices for the IBDP.